Ohta Sensei visited Shiranamikai to teach a special class at the end of June. Three days after the competition and just the other side of the June heatwave, the dojo was still hot and stuffy – perfect for a tough session to loosen up the muscles!
During kihon, Sensei focussed on back stance and gave everybody technical pointers. With kumite, he worked us hard in kaishi ippon, with the familiar “…until I say stop!” which was great if you weren’t pacing yourself! Kata was those needed for grading.
And the grading went well! But as always there is lots to improve upon. so it’s important, whilst moving forward, to also retrospectively work on the feedback in order to be able to progress.
It was a great atmosphere in the K2 sports hall with over 300 competitors assembled for JKA England’s National Championship.
The event got underway at 10am with the youngest competitors on-mat first. We had kata in the morning and kumite after a short break for lunch. Things were running very smoothly but we had the competitor and judges line-up, introductions and presentations before the finals kicked-off. Then another break while we had the presentation of kata awards before the kumite finals. The last awards of the evening were for best competitor and the last few of us were away at 8pm.
Thanks to all the judges, referees, timekeepers and all of the supporters and parents.
Shiranamikai results as follows: Shohei Bronze in Kumite Ryoma Silver in Kata, Gold in Kumite Uma Gold in kata, Gold in Kumite Shion Gold in Kata, Bronze in Kumite Anju Gold in Kata, Silver in Kumite Alex Bronze in Kata
Not only is this the same medal tally as last year, but also the exact same amount each of gold, silver and bronze! Spooky…
We had a good turnout for Ohta Sensei’s class this March. As usual it was the perfect blend of a physical and mental challenge, backed by his invaluable technical instruction. Well done everyone for passing their grading!
At the beginning of January 2017 Shiranamikai celebrated its 8th anniversary. The first karate session took place in Harrow on 6th January 2009.
Shiranamikai has developed well over the years but changed very little. Our core values still remain the same. Training always comes first… then cake.
We are privileged to be members of the Japan Karate Association with its strong heritage, technical direction and first class instructors. Club members have many opportunities to take advantage of this throughout the year in the dojo, during special club sessions, national courses and competitions.
Aside from one session at the end of December, we had two weeks rest from training. It’s good to take this time over Christmas to relax and recuperate with maybe just a little light exercise to stay mobile.
Now is the time to get back into the swing of things! New Year is perfect for starting afresh and this is equally true in karate. So throw your kit into your bag (karate gi or jogging bottoms and a tee) and come along to the next session.
The most difficult step can be the first one through the door. From there, the next step is up to you.
December 2016 was a busy month at Shiranamikai. For the last month of the year, we had a lot to cram in…
Christmas Dinner, 17th December
Enjoyed our traditionally, non-traditional club Christmas dinner, which doubled-up as a leaving party for Kentaro. As well as a chance to say goodbye it was also a good opportunity to get to know the new members of Shiranamikai. Needless to say, we all had a cracking time!
Last Training Before Christmas, 21st December
I was intending to run some games in order to win some sweet prizes during the latter part of the session but actually, exercising beneath those toasty, synthetic Santa hats was deserving enough of a treat. Plus, the three kata requests of Jion, Kanku Dai and Unsu didn’t leave much time for anything else. Thanks to those who brought along mince pies and chocolates for snacking on afterwards!
Keiko Osame, 27th December
The last lesson of the year was a free session, a small gift back to all of you. Coming the day after Boxing Day, the timing was perfect to get moving after several days of sedentaryness. The suggestion was to bring along any leftovers from Christmas so that we could help each other polish them off after training but I nearly ended up leaving with more than I had brought along myself! Never mind :-)
The 27th was also Kentaro’s last club karate session for a while. Kentaro, Hina, Miyuki & Hisaharu, we wish you all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Shiranamikai members enjoyed a lively Sunday afternoon, bouncing around Oxygen freejump centre. Most were straight into the dodgeball arena where, given the energy spent and a feel of my t-shirt, I was sure we spent a good half-hour. In reality it was just ten minutes.
We witnessed some impressive jumps and backflips on the larger trampolines while the pugil sticks provided a challenge for competitive types and entertainment for those watching. The most difficult part here was surpressing the urge to jump over the foam pit when losing (balance)!
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball
Once the hour slot was up (an hour of this was more than enough), we retreated to the cafe to recharge with some much needed refreshments.
Another top training session this month with JKA England’s top instructor, Ohta Sensei.
Basics incorporated reaction exercises that, combined with partner work, connected attacks and defences very quickly. It’s these rapid exercises that help to build essential reaction/fast-twitch muscle.
Everybody grading received a runthrough of their kata and brown belts in particular had a longer class to help polish Bassai Dai. Bassai Dai is a showcase for the 18 months to 3 years training. It contains top to bottom reverse twist, rotational blocks with linear legwork, stationary blocking with downwards compression and rooting energy with flexible upper. One of the reasons we spend so much time on this form is that gradually, it helps the practitioner better understand how opposing parts of their body can work together to develop maximum power, speed and smoothness.
Congratulations to everyone who passed their grading!
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